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Nets Build Some Momentum, Win Thriller Over Jazz

Richard Jefferson's drive with 1.5 seconds to go was the difference as the Nets picked up their second straight quality win at the IZOD Center Saturday night. It was a game of runs, and the Nets took advantage of Utah's inability to get back on defense, racking up a season-high 31 fast break points and 62 points in the paint, while outrebounding the Jazz 48-29. The Nets led by 10 early and the Jazz led by 10 late in the third, but the game was tied with a minute to go. After a pair of Kyle Korver misses from downtown and a Vince Carter missed runner in between, the Nets gave the ball to Jefferson on their final possession. He drove around Andrei Kirilenko and scored on a runner in the lane that bounced off the rim and in. Mehmet Okur's desperation three from the corner fell way short at the buzzer. Jefferson led the Nets with 27 points on 11-of-15 from the floor. Carter shot just 6-of-20, but got to the line 14 times and added 25 points, while Devin Harris was two rebounds short of a triple-double, Josh Boone put up 21 and 13, and Boki Nachbar provided a lift off the bench, hitting 3-of-6 from downtown.